Kim Farrant on acting, emotional health and ANGEL OF MINE – Leslie Combemale interviews

Kim Farrant’sAngel of Mine is an intense thriller about a woman whose tenuous emotional health is jeopardized when she encounters a girl she believes to be her daughter, whom she thought died in a fire years before. Farrant worked with the actors on expressing the enormity of grief and the power of healing in this gripping film with a big surprise ending.

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Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess on MORGANA and Feminist Porn – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas interviews (World exclusive)

Morgana Muses is living proof that not only can the feminist pornography movement provide an empowering, creative space for women to express their desires, but it has also demonstrably changed the life of at least one woman for the better. Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess’s documentary Morgana is a dazzling portrait of an unforgettable woman. This fearless story about its eponymous filmmaker/porn star is almost guaranteed to stun even those who pride themselves on already having an open mind.

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What’s Up Down Under? Rachel Ward’s PALM BEACH Opens Sydney Film Fest – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Sydney Film Festival makes perfect sense as the location for the World Premiere of Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach, named for a well-known, picturesque suburb in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region. The film follows a group of old friends who reunite for a birthday party where festivities take a back-seat to more complex aspects of their interpersonal relationships, with repressed tensions and carefully kept secrets threatening to explode.

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Australian Update: Rachel Ward to Direct PALM BEACH — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Reports

Although working steadily in a directorial capacity on Australian television for over a decade, Australian cinema icon Rachel Ward – renowned as much for her acting as her filmmaking – is making her much-anticipated return to the director’s chair in the newly announced feature Palm Beach. Following up from her celebrated 2009 feature Beautiful Kate, Palm Beach is co-written by Ward and the accomplished Australian playwright and novelist Joanna Murray-Smith. Boasting an impressive cast including Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie, Richard E. Grant, and both Ward’s husband Bryan Brown and daughter Matilda Brown, filming is soon to begin Sydney’s beautiful Palm Beach area shooting from late May to early July.

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Australian Filmmaker Kim Farrant, STRANGERLAND and ANGEL OF MINE — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas comments

In early February this year, Screen Australia announced that Noomi Rapace would star in Australian director Kim Farrant’s upcoming psychological thriller Angel of Mine. With a script by Oscar-nominated fellow Australian Luke Davies of Lion fame and based on Safy Nebbou’s 2008 French film The Mark of an Angel, the film is reimagined in the Australian city of Melbourne.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 9: THAT’S NOT ME

motw logo 1-35 Australian filmmaker Alice Foulcher co-wrote, co-produced and stars in That’s Not Me, an appealing comedy send up about sibling rivalry, personal identity, fame and the whims of showbiz. Continue reading…

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